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Wednesday, June 10, 2015
An entourage of nearly 600 motorcycles accompanied the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall to the Lockport Town Hall this morning. The wall will be on display from Thursday evening through Monday morning. (STEPHEN M. WALLACE / CONTRIBUTOR)

By +Scott Leffler

Patriots of all ages lined Transit and Robinson roads to watch as the 
motorcade went by. From left is Olivia Dietz, McKenna Drake, Bryson 
Drake, Mya Dietz and Arilynn Dietz. (STEPHEN M. WALLACE / 
TOWN OF LOCKPORT — Nearly 600 motorcycles rolled into Lockport this morning, escorting the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall to Lockport Town Hall.

The traveling wall, an exact replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be available for public view from 5 p.m. Thursday through the weekend.

Thousands are expected to visit the memorial in homage to the over 58,000 U.S. soldiers killed during — or due to — the Vietnam War.

An opening ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday, including the presentation of colors, a rifle salute, the raising of the POW/MIA flag, speakers — including Vietnam veteran and former Niagara County Sheriff Tom Beilein, Town of Lockport Supervisor Marc Smith and Lockport Mayor Anne McCaffrey — proclamations and the presenting of a memorial wreath.

Ceremonies will also be held at 10 a.m. Friday (first responders day), 10 a.m. Saturday (military service/civic day) and 11 a.m. Sunday (Flag Day). The wall will be taken down Monday morning.

The traveling wall received a hero's welcome at Lockport Town Hall. (SCOTT LEFFLER / STAFF) 

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